I thought about Finland and NZ's NCEA when I read a recent post on mind/shift. It was written by Thom Markham. During his post he asked this great question:
Are we making 21st century competencies the centerpiece of instruction?
The inquiry method places 21st century competencies bang in the middle. As Mr Markham says:
Inquiry isn’t designed to teach information; it’s designed to set up the conditions under which students become more skillful. That’s why it’s inherently student-centered. Successful inquiry requires skillful competencies, which are a deep amalgam of habits, personality, and an experiential knowledge base.The NZ curriculum set out a number of skillful competencies, five in fact:
that suit perfectly the inquiry method.
To me this equals Synchronicity Part... um, I forget what number we're up to, but it must be a lot!
Suddenly subjects DON'T matter. Skillful competencies do.